After placing 11th in the first World Junior Championships race in her career on Wednesday, Stratton Mountain School’s Katharine Ogden finished sixth in the 10 k skiathlon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. The American was ranked ninth, seven seconds behind double gold medalist Victoria Carl of Germany, after five kilometers of classic skiing. In the skate section, the lead pack strung out slightly. Ogden moved up to sixth, and crossed the line 13.2 seconds behind Sofie Nordsveen Hustad of Norway, who passed Carl to take the win.
Katherine Stewart-Jones posted the best result for Canada and Nakkertok, finishing 14th (+1:34) after skiing in 20th through the classic portion of the race. Anne-Marie Comeau followed in 25th (+2:02), Maya Macisaac-Jones in 45th, and Annah Hanthorn in 47th.
Ogden’s U.S. teammate Hailey Swirburl finished 35th (+2:45.4, losing out a photo finish with Slovenia’s Anita Klemencic). Julia Kern was close behind in 38th, and Alayna Sonnesyn placed 50th.
In the junior men’s 20 k skiathlon, Russia again swept the race, with Alexey Chervotkin beating out teammates Ivan Yakimushkin and Denis Spitsov at the line. The trio had a minute lead on the rest of the field by the finish.
Ian Torchia (Northern Michigan University) led the way for the United States, placing 11th (+2:15) just 0.9 seconds out of the top ten. Evan Weinman placed 57th and Thomas Bye 67th. Peter Holmes did not finish.
Alexis Dumas led Canada for the second race in a row, placing 18th (+2:41). Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier followed in 41st, then Philippe Boucher in 53rd and Zachary Cristofanilli in 60th. The Canadian team said through twitter that three of its team members went down in a major crash off the start, with two of them breaking poles as a result.